Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Recommended Twitter Accounts To Follow

Student Twitter recommendations pulled into one post:

Assignment: Find and follow an additional 10 people related to digital journalism. The accounts are grouped into the following categories; the link jumps you down the page.

Note: many of these accounts aren’t really related to journalism!

News Organizations & Aggregators

  • @BreakingNews – Just that.  Breaking news from all over the world.
  • @cnn – Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News.
  • @cnnireport (national)- CNN’s official community journalism site
  • @foxnews (national) FOX News (kathy)
  • @GlobalPost Bio: “70 Correspondents in 53 Countries = World News Covered” Visit their website
  • @googlenews (national)- Googlenews official twitter.
  • @igncom (national) – Online news source for all things nerdy including comics, movies, videogames, and more
  • @msnbc (national) — The best news channel ever.
  • @myballard – Great example of a localized blog taking advantage of tweets.
  • @NewsProject Bio: “American News Project is dedicated to defending and promoting the public interest through high-quality, investigative video journalism.” Visit their website
  • @newsweek (national) — The best magazine in the world. Great insight, astute grasp of issues, nice variety of topics covered.
  • @NewYorker Bio: “The New Yorker is a weekly magazine with a mix of reporting of politics and culture, humor and cartoons, fiction and poetry, and reviews and criticism.” Visit their website
  • @nytimes (national) New York Times – Where the Conversation Begins. Home page stories from, special features and more. (kathy)
  • @Nytimesphoto Bio: “Photography, Video, and Visual Journalism from The New York Times Lens blog” Visit their website
  • @NextDoorMedia Bio: “The award-winning network of neighborhood news blogs in Seattle. News Powered by Your Neighborhood.” Visit their website
  • @pandoraproject – Project code-name Pandora, is a soon to be launched web 2.0 publication hosting only the newest and best content from around the world. Next generation news aggregator.
  • @ProPublica Bio: “an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.”
    Visit their website
  • @RottenTomatoes (national)- Aggregating reviews from hundreds of movie
  • @seattlepi – Local news blurbs.
  • @seattletimes – More local news headlines
  • @strangerslog (local)- The Slog Blog’s twitter
  • @thedaily (local) The Daily- I also spend my breakfast and lunch time flipping through The Daily, so I might as well follow it on twitter.
  • @westseattleblog (local) West Seattle Blog – West Seattle’s first & only 24/7/365 news, info, discussion service. News tip? 206-293-6302, 24/7. (Tweets by editor Tracy Record unless signed otherwise) (kathy)


  • @journalismjobs – Jobs … in journalism?!
  • @PulitzerCenter Bio: “Promoting interaction with international journalism” Visit their website
  • @Spotus Bio: “We support independent journalists in the Bay Area and Los Angeles through community funded reporting. A nonprofit. This account run by@digidave” Visit their website
  • @TED_TALKS (national)- While not strictly journalism, Ted Talks offer different speakers on world issues.
  • @uwSPJ (local)- UW chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists


  • @_chuck_taylor_ – Journalist extraordinaire.  Chuck Taylor has worked as a reporter, designer and editor.
  • @digidave (national) David Cohn – Now running Spot.Us, a new biz model for journalism. (kathy)
  • @joanwalsh (national) – Joan Walsh, Editor of
  • @joshtpm (national) – Josh Marshall, Editor and Publisher of TalkingPointsMemo online
  • @kingsthings – CNN’s Larry King Live. Provides an interesting mix of Breaking News and Casual Updates
  • @maddow_rachel (national) — One of the most brilliant people alive, taking the analysis (and entertainment) of politics to new heights!
  • @markbriggs (local) Mark Briggs – Author of Journalism 2.0 and Journalism Next. Co-founder and CEO of Serra Media. (kathy)
  • @mediatwit (national) – Mark Glaser, Executive Editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab
  • @mjironside – Matt Ironside is one of The Seattle Times’ online news producers and project managers.  He is a technological guru. Bio: “Producer, project manager for”
  • @moniguzman (local) Monica Guzman – A blogging journalist with a passion, currently with @seattlepi. For blog headlines, follow @bigblog & @pihottopics (kathy)
  • @nytkeller (national) – Bill Keller, Executive Editor of The New York Times
  • @keitholbermann (national) — Like Rachel, very smart, creative and, like watching everyone on MSNBC: Major fun! :-)
  • @paulbradshaw (national)- Blogs about online journalism at
  • @rorymartin (local) – Rory Martin, Avid blogger and philanthopist, working in Social Media Marketing for company Seattle Web Design

Journalism Educators / News

  • @hrheingold (national) Howard Rheingold – Online instigator, educator, offline gardener. (kathy)
  • @jayrosen_nyu – tweets breaking news and offers thoughts on where journalism is headed. Bio: “I teach journalism at NYU, direct the Studio 20 program there, critique the press and try to grok new media. I don’t do lifecasting but mindcasting on Twitter.”
  • @journalismnews (international) Journalism News – (kathy)
  • @poynter (national) Poynter – School for journalists, with tweets by @romenesko, @mediaspy, @myersnews, @ellynangelotti, @mallarytenore (kathy)
  • @TWEETthePress (national) – CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s pool of student tweets
  • @web20classroom (national) – Steven W. Andersen, Tech educator and NOW Award Winner, Creator of #edchat
  • @yMedia – Connecting tertiary students with community groups and top businesses through new media projects. Changing Media | Changing Minds.

Individuals – Not Journalists

  • @adelebarlow – Global nomad – loves digital media, TED talks, social innovation, books, writing, ben and jerry’s, being in nature, and people watching. Founder of Y-Media.
  • @alangrayson (national) — I believe, officially the country’s greatest genius. His verbal prowess and wit is unsurpassed.
  • @billyjoel (international) — Even though not a journalism person, props for taking the age of rock and roll and shooting through the decades, into the social-networking sphere. (Plus, com’on, you know he is the best artist ever to walk this planet! :-)
  • @jeffpulver – Jeff Pulver, founder of 140-Characters Conference, a “storyteller” working to unite journalists in social media discourse
  • @juliettepowell – Public speaker, integrated media specialist, author: 33 Million People in the Room (Financial Times Press, ‘09) abt successfully using digital media in business.
  • @mmflint (national) — Michael Moore, who continues to create earth-shattering documentaries of what is really going on out there.
  • @leighalexander (national)- Leigh Alexander is an online female video game blogger found at
  • @Scobleizer – Robert Scoble. Described as “Tech enthusiast, video blogger, media innovator, fanatical about startups at Rackspace, home of fanatical support and Web hosting for Internet entrepreneurs”
  • @timoreilly (national) Tim O’Reilly – Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media. Watching the alpha geeks, sharing their stories, helping the future unfold. (kathy)



  • @Mariners
  • @SeattleMet – Updates on Seattle’s restaurants, benefits, fashion, general happenings etc. Bio: “Seattle Metropolitan is our city’s indispensable news, culture, and lifestyle magazine.”
  • @SeattleNow Bio: “What’s happening in Seattle now?”
  • @WeeklyEvents – some of the best story ideas come from attending local events.  This site lets us know which events Seattle Weekly writers are recommending. Bio:  ”Follow our tweets to keep up to date on Seattle Weekly sponsored events, contests, and promotions!”

Social Media / Tech / Design

  • @blpro – General blogging tips for a variety of platforms.
  • @Chirp – Twitter’s Developer Conference, April 14 and 15, 2010. Provides an interesting look into the future of Twitter and how it can be harnessed by journalists
  • @engadget – Official Twitter account of online technology blog Engadget!
  • @Flickr – Be the first to know about Flickr’s new image arrivals.
  • @FocusSM Bio: “Focus Social Media ensures effective, consistent, and relevant consumer interactions via social media for businesses of all sizes.”
  • @mashable – The hottest Twitter news, Twitter tips and Twitter help. Plus, the best social media links around. CEO of Mashable (a social media guide) and QuietType.
  • @smashingmag – Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of and, online magazines dedicated to designers and developers.
  • @TMobile_USA (local) T-Mobile- My dad works for T-Mobile and I am constantly hearing about their advances in technology and multimedia from him. It’s also a fun perk to play with the new devices early! I would definitely classify T-Mobile as more than a phone company, because a lot of their products and applications can be used to produce digital journalism.
  • @Wordpress – tips and tricks for our beloved blogging site. Bio: “Updates and other fun stuff related to (that’s the self-hosted version).”


  • @writing_tips – the copy-editor in me was thrilled to find this account. We all need to be reminded of the basics every now and then. Bio: “Daily tips on grammar, spelling, punctuations, freelance writing and more!”


  • @ppact (international) — Planned Parenthood, informing all of new developments within the spectrum of women’s reproductive rights.

Popular Culture

  • @CosmoOnline (national) Cosmopolitan- What girl (or even guy) doesn’t (at least secretly, although I am open about it) love to read Cosmopolitan. Yet another magazine that I love to flip through.
  • @ENews (national) E! News- Watching E! News is a guilty pleasure of mine. I admit I would love to have the fluff job of broadcasting from the red carpet and reporting on entertainment media.
  • @elle_com
  • @gossipgirl
  • @harpersbazaarus (national) Harper’s Bazaar- Another fashion magazine I am a fan (and now follower) of!
  • @InStyle (national) In Style- I am a big fashion magazine junkie and have dreamed of working for one ever since I was in elementary school. Back at my house my mom has a subscription to In Style and I have always enjoyed the enormous magazine, filled with fashion advertisements. I don’t have easy access to it at UW and am not the biggest fan of reading magazines online, but it wouldn’t hurt to try following the fashion magazine scene on twitter.
  • @nytimesfashion (national) New York Times Fashion- While adding the required New York Times twitter, I noticed the New York Times Fashion twitter. As someone extremely interested in fashion and journalism this seemed like a great twitter to follow.
  • @Oprah (national) Oprah Winfrey- I just had to do it. I was born in Chicago. I would kill to be the next Oprah (she’s retiring next year…). Plus for the digital journalism angle, she is an influential figure in media and produces O Magazine.
  • @PerezHilton (national) Perez Hilton- My roommates spend an unruly amount of time on Perez Hilton’s celebrity gossip blog, so I decided it would be a humorous twitter to follow.
  • @TheEllenShow
  • @UsWeekly



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